Oakland Promise Scholarship

2018 Oakland Promise Scholarship


ClickOakland_Promise_Logo_COLOR  HERE to apply for the Oakland Promise Scholarship! 
East Bay College Fund is more than just a scholarship. We are a college success program dedicated to supporting scholars from Oakland through their college career. 


Through the Oakland Promise initiative, we are able to offer scholarships and college support to students who meet the following requirements:

  • Attend an Oakland Promise school (Castlemont High School, Coliseum College Preparatory Academy, and Oakland High School).
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 by the end of your senior year (students with a GPA of 2.7+ qualify for larger scholarships).
  • Have 90% attendance during your senior year of high school. 
  • Enrolled in Oakland Unified School District for at least 3 years. 
  • Submit the FAFSA or California Dream Act application by the March 2nd priority deadline.
  • Plan to be a full-time student at a 2 or 4-year accredited, not-for-profit college or university in Fall 2018. 
  • Apply to a school that is a good financial fit for you (we encourage all students to apply to a variety of schools, particularly a local California State University, to keep as many options open as possible).
  • Apply to additional private scholarships.

If you qualify for and receive the scholarship, you must commit to the following requirements for the duration of your college career:

  • Enroll as a full-time student at a 2 or 4-year accredited, not-for-profit college or university.
  • Apply for the FASFA or California Dream Act application every school year.
  • Communicate with staff, advisors, mentors, and CREW leaders in a timely manner.
  • Submit requested documents (Scholar Docs) every school term to show college progress.
  • Attend 3-4 CREW meetings per term during your first year of college
  • Attend our annual Summer Retreat and Winter Retreat.
  • Use scholarships funds only for tuition, room and board, books, or other expenses directly related to your college education. Use of scholarship funds for any other purpose may result in revocation of your scholarship and will necessitate the repayment of any disbursed funds back to East Bay College Fund.
  • Give back to the community in a meaningful way.

Save the Date! Keep these mandatory dates on your calendar for your senior year of high school:

  • Oakland Promise Application Part 1, due October 3rd, 2017
  • Oakland Promise Application Part 2, due December 3rd, 2017
  • Oakland Promise Application Part 3, due March 3rd, 2018
  • Oakland Promise Application Part 4, due May 3rd, 2018
  • Orientation for Scholars and Parents, tentatively May 15th, 2018 in the evening
  • Award Ceremony, TBD
  • Mentor/Scholar Kickoff, TBD
  • Summer Persistence Events, TBD

Please note that if you receive any of the following awards, you may be ineligible to participate in the East Bay College Fund Scholarship Program. Please call East Bay College Fund at (510) 836-8900 to discuss your individual situation.

  • Berkeley Incentive Award
  • UC Berkeley Cal Opportunities Scholarship
  • Gates Millennium
  • Any other scholarship in excess of $3,500

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Oakland Promise scholarship, check out the Future Center on your campus or email advising@eastbaycollegefund.org